Avoiding Jail Time on a No License / Suspended License Case
Don't Drive in GA without a LicenseIf you are a resident of GA, you must have a GA license to drive. You have 30 days from becoming a resident to get a license. "Residence" means you live here. Residence can also be inferred if you have a job here or have your kids in school here, for example.
Ticket for No License / Suspended License? Don't Panic!The new law in GA is 2 days in jail for a No License ticket and 10 days for a Suspended License ticket. But Arturo Corso has discovered a combination of statutory interpretation and legal precedent to help his clients successfully avoid jail time even when convicted of these offenses. It takes a skilled lawyer to pull it off, but there is a way to pursuade judges that a lawful sentence doesn't have to involve actual jail custody. This is very important if you are sentenced in a jurisdiction that has agreements with INS / ICE to deport you or your employees the second they touch the jail .
Here's how it works: OCGA A?17-10-1 gives the judges of either Superior or State Court the right to suspend, probate, or defer the custodial portion of any sentence they impose within their sound discretion. OCGA A?40-5-20 and 40-5-120 are the statutes for No License and Suspended License. They only appear to require 2 days and 10 days respectively as a punishment for first time offenders!